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Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame to induct three in Class of 2020

Three new members will be enshrined into the MV Baseball Hall of Fame in March.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 10:53 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 1:07 PM

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame has announced three new members will be inducted as part of the class of 2020 in March.

Tony Abone Sr., Donald Albin and Kevin Green will all be enshrined at the Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday, March 21.

Abone Sr. rose through the coaching ranks in Rome, beginning in the Rome American Little League then moving to Rome Federal Little League and finally the Rome Farm League before becoming the long-time coach of Smith Post 24 in the American Legion Baseball League.

In 38-years at the helm of Smith Post, he compiled a 730-291-4 record, two NYS titles (1978, 1998), five state finalist appearances and multiple Oneida County and District V titles. He is also a 2006 inductee of the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.

Albin, an Ilion High School grad, was one of the top players of his era in the Mohawk Valley. He was a two-time All-SUNYAC selection and went undefeated at 14-0 in conference play as a pitcher for Oneonta State.

He lead the Red Dragons to four straight SUNYAC titles, leading the conference in both pitching and hitting. His final ERA was a minuscule 0.47.

Albin played in the minor leagues in the Montreal Expos organization where he finished with a 48-34 record and an ERA of 3.07 while getting as high as the Triple-A level from 1975-1977.

Green, a three-sport standout at Notre Dame High School, also played for Adrean Post 625 in American Legion Baseball. He also shined for MVCC, where he remains the only two-time NJCAA All-American in program history to this day.

He was an honorable mention All-American while playing at Ohio Dominican University for college ball before being drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1995.

Green played for the Utica Blue Sox of the NY-PENN League in 1997 and 1998. Following his playing days, he served as a minor league hitting coach in the Chicago Cubs organization and was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

He currently serves as the Director of Oneida County Youth Bureau and is the head coach of the New Hartford High School varsity baseball team.

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